Johnstown Symphony to focus on local performers in 2022-23 season

Posted on: April 14, 2022

“For its 2022-23 season, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra is bringing it home [with] ‘Hometown,’ a season of music that celebrates Johnstown and the region through programs that feature artists who grew up here, artists living here, the symphony’s concertmaster and an abundance of partnerships,” writes Kelly Urban in Tuesday’s (4/12) Tribune Democrat (PA). “ ‘inSPIRED: JSO at The Grand Halle’ [on September 30] will feature violinist Zelie Eger and JSO concertmaster Maureen Conlon Gutierrez…. ‘Homecoming’ … at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center … will feature … tenor Shawn Roth, a Johnstown native, … along with an all-star chorus from the region’s high schools anchored by the Johnstown Symphony Chorus…. ‘A State Theater Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’ … will present works by American composers Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price and Jessie Montgomery … in partnership with the NAACP at Christ Centered Community Church in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.” Also planned during the season: a newly commissioned work by Tommy Dougherty, a Pittsburgh native; Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Johnstown Symphony Chorus and choral groups from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pitt-Johnstown; and a program featuring Broadway performer Kathy Voytko, a Johnstown native.